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Update: January 25, 2015
I am approaching 5 years of cancer free. February 6 will be 5 year anniversary of my double partial masectomy. Have had a stressful ordeal with my husand in fall 2014 when he had a quintuple heart bypass surgery followed by a severe stroke. We had months of hospital and reha followed by gradual recovery at home. He isn't fully recovered yet, but he is doing much better and I am thankful to have been able to be there with him throughout his recovery.
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Update: January 25, 2015
I am approaching 5 years of cancer free. February 6 will be 5 year anniversary of my double partial masectomy. Have had a stressful ordeal with my husand in fall 2014 when he had a quintuple heart bypass surgery followed by a severe stroke. We had months of hospital and reha followed by gradual recovery at home. He isn't fully recovered yet, but he is doing much better and I am thankful to have been able to be there with him throughout his recovery.
I am looking forward to a busy 2015. Hoping to lose at least 20 pounds. One of my daughters is living with us this winter and spring as she does her student teaching. She graduates in April. My oldest son recently moved to Columbus Ohio about 5 hours from us. Hope to get to visit him in the spring. My older daughter is living a few hours away in Detroit area. Get to see her occasionally since she isn't too far away. My youngest son is away at college. Looking forward to some family weddings this year and also a trip with my hubby to celebrate his recovery! Looking forward to a good year and celebrating life! End of January 2015 update.

This has been a year that has awakened me to improving my fitness and health. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Christmas Eve 2009. I had double breast cancer surgery in February 2010 followed by 3 months of radiation therapy. Fortunately the test results say I have low chance of recurrence, but I am determined to make my health a priority. The rest of my life is pretty normal. I have four kids, two boys and two girls ranging in age from 16 to 25. We have all the normal joys and headaches. We live in western Michigan. It is beautiful here, but oh so cold in the winter, and makes exercise a challenge from November to April. I have a wonderful husband who works very hard and shares everything in my life. I love being part of the Sparkpeople community.
Update: It's been 3 1/2 years since my surgery. I have partially met my goals having lost almost 30 pounds. I still need to lose at least another 30 pounds, but the progress I have made has already made me feel better and gives me hope for eventually attaining my goal! My kids are now age 18 to 28. The youngest is in college and one daughter is married. They are all still important parts of my life but my husband and I are also adding new activities as we no longer have kids at home on a daily basis. Looking forward to the new possibilities plus continuing to strive for my weight loss and fitness goals!
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Member Since: 2/23/2008

SparkPoints: 45,604

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My Goals:
Lose 50 pounds by December 31, 2013 Revised Stage 2 Below
Step1:
5 pounds by Sept 30 2012
Step 2:
10 pounds by November 30, 2012 Done
Step 3:
5 pounds by January 31, 2013 Done
Step 4:
5 pounds by March 31, 2013 Done
Step 5:
5 pounds by June 30, 2013 Done

Stage 2
Lose 30 additional pounds by December 31, 2014
Step 1
Lose 5 pounds by November 15, 2013

Step 2
Lose 5 pounds by December 31, 2014

Step 3
Lose 5 pounds by March 15, 2014

Step 4
Lose 5 pounds by June 15, 2014

Step 5
Lose 5 pounds by August 31, 2014

Step 6
Lose last 5 pouds by December 31, 2014


My Program:
30 minutes cardio per day.
Strength training 3 times per week.
ABS Diet PowerFoods
Increase protein.
5% Challenge and BLC to help keep me on track.
Track my food.
Drink 8 cups water per day.
Post team challenge daily.
Log in daily.

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I live in Western Michigan near Grand Rapids. Near the Grand River and about a half hour from beautiful Lake Michigan. Born in Pittsburgh, raised in Michigan. Lived in Chicago area for 13 years before making our way back to Michigan.

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Hobbies: Love to read expecially mysteries and historical fiction. Like to travel and see new places, and have been to most states in the U.S. including Alaska and to more than half of Canadian provinces. and most major Canadian cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Halifax and especially love Ottawa and Quebec. Outside of North America I have been to London and spent 2 weeks in Ireland when my husband was doing a major systems install in Limerick at Tellabs in the 90's. Someday, i would like to travel to see more of Great Britain including Scotland and other parts of England. We shall see where life takes us!

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& just as I'm about to let go,
they hug me even tighter.
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"There is INSIDE of YOU
ALL of the potential to be WHATEVER you WANT to be;
ALL of the ENERGY to do WHATEVER you WANT to do.
IMAGINE yourself as you would like to BE,
Doing what you WANT to do,
& each day, take ONE step towards your DREAM.
Though at times it may seem too difficult to continue,
HOLD on to your DREAM.
& one morning you WILL awake to FIND
That you ARE the person you DREAMED of,
DOING what you WANTED to do,
Simply because YOU had the COURAGE
To BELIEVE in YOUR potential
& to hold on to your DREAM."
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Patty,

Believe in YOURSELF & know that you already have inside of you ALL that you need to become anything & everything you hope to be, want to be & dream of being!! You are stronger than ANY obstacle; You are capable of overcoming ANY hardship; & You are POWERFUL beyond measure!! Acknowledge YOUR potential & OWN it - - YOU are FABULOUS!!!

Stay Positive, Stay Focused, Change IS Coming,

Jes

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1/16/2015 12:25:25 AM

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I'm working on a NEW me
NOT because the old me is BAD
But because the old me can use IMPROVEMENT!!!!
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Here's to a FIT & FABULOUS weekend, Doll!!!
Keep Pushing for GREATNESS - - YOU are WORTH it!!!
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Jes

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1/13/2015 10:52:13 PM

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Most obstacles melt away
when we make up our mind
to walk BOLDLY through them.
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Here's to a fabulous week one, Clover!!!
Keep Pushing - - You ARE Worth It!!
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Jes
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SNUZSUZ
1/10/2015 9:57:47 PM

Hi Patty! Thank you! Happy to see you again:)

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